Twerk: verb, to twist or jerk (usage 1820)

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Miley Cyrus did not invent but merely re-popularised twerking. In fact, Trollope, as a child, might easily have been familiar with and used the word. Initially the word was a noun but by 1848 its use as a verb had become common – thereby putting paid to complaints of current critics about the use of the noun “impact” as a verb.

For a more detailed examination of this and other words which have been added into the OED, and for pictures of Miley Cyrus twerking, go to the following link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33265370

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